Council Bluffs, IA (December 17, 2014)—Music/pro audio case manufacturer Grundorf Corporation is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Started in a family garage, the company’s products are now used all over the world, and Grundorf Corp is also the parent company to Grund Audio Design.
Company principals Susan and Frank Grund started the business in their garage in July of 1984 after deciding to cease touring with their band. “We started out building speaker cabinets and cases for our musician friends who saw the products we had built for use in our own band,” recalls Frank Grund, president. “A local music store saw our products and said if we put a name on them he would sell them in his store—and that was our start. Initially, the products were sold by word of mouth and, within a few years, we had expanded to nationwide distribution. By 1990, we had clearly outgrown our garage, so we purchased the building that, to this day, houses our current manufacturing operation.”
Frank Grund had built his band’s PA cabinets, and that experience served as the foundation for Grund Audio Design’s loudspeaker offerings, which today encompasses the Gala, GT, GQ, Altar Clarity, ACX, UB (Under Balcony), VIP, GP,ST, and XT series product lines. “Our loudspeaker systems have evolved from ‘me too,’ carpet-covered PA cabinets to unique models researched and developed by Frank for specific applications,” says Susan Grund, vice president. “Today, we offer two durable paint finishes for our wood loudspeaker enclosures—a durable spatter paint finish and our tough Tour Coat finish. In addition to enclosures manufactured with wood, we also offer injection molded loudspeaker designs.”
As an equipment case manufacturer, Grundorf cases got its start by replicating the case Susan and Frank made for Susan’s keyboard. “Our earliest rendition was a case for my keyboard,” recalls Susan. “It was initially made with blue indoor/outdoor carpet. When we started to build cases professionally, we switched to the black and gray carpet, which is still available today. Since those early days, we’ve expanded our case offerings to include the touring ABS-finished flight-style cases as well as our lightweight ABS molded plastic cases.”
Summing up the company’s journey, Frank Grund offered, “To this day, we are still driven by an entrepreneurial spirit that helps us identify industry trends and to seek out and develop new, innovative products for our industry. At the end of the day, Susan and I genuinely believe we offer a diverse mix of unique products that are recognized for their innovative designs, superior quality, and great value—and that’s what it’s all about.”